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Haselworth Castle

Hob Uid: 462029
Location :
Hampshire
Gosport
Gosport
Grid Ref : SZ6120097800
Summary : Artillery castle, built in the 1545-6, demolished by 1600. Site now under either Fort Blockhouse or Fort Monckton.
More information : (Area SZ 625 992). A fortification called Haselworth Castle was built in the late 1540s on the Gosport side of the entrance to Portsmouth harbour, a little south-west of the tower (SZ 69 NW 17) on Blockhouse Point. (1)

There are records of a Captain being appointed in 1545, and of the castle being 'beaten down' c 1600. (2)

No trace. Exact siting not ascertained, but presumably under
Fort Blockhouse [SZ 69 NW 20]. (3)

Williams sites Haselworth Castle at or near the position of
Fort Monkton [SZ 69 NW 21], (SZ 612978), not at Fort Blockhouse. (4)

Fort Haselworth is first mentioned in July 1545 and was certainly
gunned by December 1547 when a survey of forts West of Portsmouth harbour was undertaken. King Edward VI showed great dissatisfaction with the repair as well as the location of the bulwark and forts flanking the harbour entrance after a visit in 1552, and it is likely that Fort Haselworth was scrapped, along with other outlying fortifications after a commission of survey was carried out by the Marquis of Winchester in 1556. (5)

Additional Bibliography. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : The Archaeological Journal
Source details : A D Saunders
Page(s) : 142
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Vol(s) : 123, 1966
Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : G H Williams, Local Historian, Alverstoke.
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 ASP 22-JAN-69
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Gosport Records 14 1977 18 (G H Williams)
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Source Number : 5
Source : The history of the King's Works, volume 4 : 1485-1660 (Part 2)
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Page(s) : 512-4
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Source Number : 6
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Portsmouth Records No 30 Western Defences of Portsmouth Harbour 1400-1800 Dec 1979 13-14 (G H Williams)
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Built 1545-1546
Monument End Date : 1546
Monument Start Date : 1545
Monument Type : Artillery Castle
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Demolished 1600
Monument End Date : 1600
Monument Start Date : 1600
Monument Type : Artillery Castle, Coastal Battery
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SZ 69 NW 18
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 238782
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 462038
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 462035
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SZ 69 NW 18
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1969-01-22
End Date : 1969-01-22